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Access the records: Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2012 .
Title in the Language of the Record
Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales de la Iglesia Católica
This Collection will include records from 1654 to 2012.
The parish records of the Archdiocese of Merida have been preserved relatively well. Some of the older registers may appear to have some physical damage; therefore some data may have been lost or may be very difficult to read; however, in general they are in good condition to extract genealogical information.
Parish priests performed the baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, and other holy sacraments in their assigned parish or parishes. All the original parish records were kept in the parish archive; however, the older records were, and currently are, sent annually to the archdiocesan archive to be preserved and centralized in one place. Most of the earlier population was Roman Catholics; therefore parish records cover 95 to 100% of a city’s population. This collection only includes the parish records that were centralized at the archive of the Archdiocese of Merida (Arquidiócesis de Mérida).
The Family History Library collection of the Catholic Church parish records of the Archdiocese of Mérida, covers the years from 1654 to 1992.
Venezuelan Catholic Church parish registers were created to record the church sacraments of baptism, marriage, and also death, burial, and other ordinances.
Catholic Church parish records are a reliable source for doing genealogical research in Merida, Venezuela.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- "Venezuela, Archdiocese of Merida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2012". Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Archivo Arquidiocesano de Mérida.
Important genealogical information found in Catholic baptismal records include:
- Date and place of baptism
- Name and gender of baptized person
- Person's date and place of birth
- If legitimate or illegitimate
- Parents’ names and their residence
- Names of godparents
Important genealogical information found in the Catholic Church marriage records include:
- Date and place of marriage
- Groom's name and age
- Groom's birthplace
- Groom's residence
- Names of groom's parents
- Bride's name and age
- Bride's birthplace
- Bride's residence
- Names of bride's parents
- Sometimes, the marital status (widowed, single, divorced) of each is given
- Name of witnesses
Important genealogical information found in the Catholic Church death records include
- Name and age of deceased
- Date and place of death
- Marital status of deceased
- Name of spouse, if married
- Names of parents
- Burial date and place
How to Use the Records
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Estado"
⇒Select the "Ciudad o pueblo"
⇒Select the "Parroquia"
⇒Select the "Tipo de registro y años" which takes you to the images.
The Catholic Church parish records are an excellent source for genealogical research in Venezuela. These may also be the only records available before the implementation of the civil registration in 1873.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Venezuela, Mérida, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2011," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 19 April 2012), Trujillo > Santa Ana > Santa Ana > Matrimonios > Image 7 of 11; Benigio Salas and Juana Maria Pacheco, married June 16, 1920; citing Parishes in Merida, Venezuela. Venezuela, Merida parish registers. Archivo Arquidiocesano de Merida, Venezuela.
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